Ah, yes, there's food in Egypt,
 But what will be the cost?

Ah, yes, there's food in Egypt,
  But what will be the cost?
What troubles will you find there?
  What virtue may be lost?

For no one goes to Egypt
   But that he has to pay.
It costs a man to eat there,
  However short the stay.

When Joseph during famine,
  Earth's food supply controlled,
It wasn't free for taking ~
  No,every grain was sold.

And thus the starved Egyptians
  Were brought to servitude.
They gave their lands and cattle,
  Then sold themselves for food.

And even Joseph's brothers,
  Who came to him for bread,
Left children under bondage
  Long after they were fed.

The land is dry in Egypt
  Where rain does not abound,
And those who till and water
  Look down to work the ground.

Not so the Land of Promise
  Where God has set His eye.
He rains His blessings on it
  In bounty from the sky.

So, ye who thirst and hunger,
  Look up, and taste, and see:
The bread that comes from heaven,
  The living bread is free.

~ Nita Brainard